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Mason City police alert public to possible mountain lion sighting



This news story was published on October 6, 2014.
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Low-resolution cel phone photo of creature

Low-resolution cel phone photo of creature (click photo to view large)

MASON CITY – A concerned citizen alerted police Monday morning to a possible mountain lion near South Monroe Avenue and 19th Street SW.

The citizen took a low-resolution cell phone photo and submitted it to police. In a news release, police say it is impossible to tell, for certain, what the creature is.

Officers and animal control went to the area of the sighting Monday morning and found no prints or evidence of the animal, which was spotted in a grassy area. Police say that coyotes and fox have been spotted in Mason City, but this is the first mountain lion report.

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16 Responses to Mason City police alert public to possible mountain lion sighting

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 9, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Pedophiles and weirdos also sighted by the YMCA. Also, allowed to be in the YMCA.

  2. Doris Reply Report comment

    October 9, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Omg!! If you blow the photo up you can tell it’s NOT a mountain lion!!! It’s got a pointed nose and face! It’s black nose is the nose of a DOG, a mountain lions nose is not fully black like a dog and the fur comes over the tip of the nose. This is probably a large yellow lab or other mixed breed yellow dog. Geeesh I think this woman needs her head examined! Or needs glasses!! Anything for attention! She would have been better off saying it was a Martian goat!!
    Hahaahahaha

  3. Just My Opinion Reply Report comment

    October 8, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    We need some perspective on this in order to determine the size of the animal. I wonder if we could get our esteemed mayor to stand next to it for the next picture?

  4. Amanda Reply Report comment

    October 7, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    A couple of employees at Martin Brower have seen this in the field near there. “BIG cat…looked like a mountain lion or some s**t.”

  5. Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

    October 6, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    I think it’s a Moscow Mule.

  6. Dick Knight Reply Report comment

    October 6, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    its a fox

  7. MickDundee Reply Report comment

    October 6, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Welsh Corgi?

  8. Monster Reply Report comment

    October 6, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Squirrel

  9. Buzz Crumcutter Reply Report comment

    October 6, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Earthship builder.

  10. sad but true Reply Report comment

    October 6, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Godzilla??

  11. sad but true Reply Report comment

    October 6, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    red fox!

  12. Philosophus Reply Report comment

    October 6, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Bobcat.

  13. Mr T Reply Report comment

    October 6, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Looks like a kitty cat